India Crosses 22 crore mark, the gender gap in vaccination is worse than India’s sex ratio
As of 2nd June, India crosses the milestone, recording a cumulative of 22 crore vaccine doses marked administered. This number includes both, first and second doses. While this itself is an achievement, the stats showing the gender gap in vaccination are disappointing. So far, the number of males who have received at least one dose of the vaccine is 15% greater than the number of women who have received the vaccine. The gender gap in the vaccination drive of India is highly evident and it is recorded that only 867 women per 1000 men are being vaccinated.
As of the 2nd day of June, 9,13,81,749 males had been vaccinated, while 7,92,31,870 women had received at least one dosage. This indicates that males account for 53% of the total population vaccinated till now.
— Prof Shamika Ravi (@ShamikaRavi) June 1, 2021
The gender gap in vaccination is even worse than India’s sex ratio
As per the last census report i.e. of the year 2015, India’s sex ratio was 900 females per 1000 males, and in the 2011 census, it was 940 females to 1000 males which itself is a disappointing comparison. And yet more disappointing is the gender gap in vaccination drive that is worse than the sex ratio of the country.
States where the percentage of women vaccinated is higher than men
Only Chhattisgarh, Kerala, and Himachal Pradesh are the states where the percentage of women vaccinated is higher than that of men.
As Kerela has the highest sex ratio in the country, i.e. 967 females per 1000 males, the state is among the three that have performed well in getting the female population vaccinated. Here, 1,124 women have got vaccinated over 1000 men.
In Chattisgarh, it is 1,045 women over thousand men, and in Himachal Pradesh, it’s 1,003 women over thousand men.
Gender Gap in Vaccination in other states of the country
Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland, and Delhi have shown the highest gender disparity in terms of vaccination.
Despite having vaccinated 67 percent of its population aged 45 and older, Jammu & Kashmir has the largest gender gap among states. In the state, just 709 women have been vaccinated for every 1,000 males who have received the vaccination.
Nagaland: 714 women over 1,000 men
Delhi: 725 women over 1,000 men
Uttar Pradesh: 769 women over 1,000 men
Other states that are doing well in terms of gender parity include Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Goa. Yet, this fact can’t be ignored that the gender gap in vaccination is a great concern for the government. Several factors can be seen as an underlined reason for the same including lack of awareness and family ignorance towards getting women vaccinated. The government and policymakers should look forward to ensuring this gender gap.
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